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Our Savior’s Lutheran Church of Virginia, MN ministries

Women worshipping together

Front row from left: Chris Culbert, holding granddaughter Kiera Blaeser, Virginia Iverson, Chris’s mother, Ava Dahl, Chris’ granddaughter. Back row from left: Megan Culbert, Nicole Dahl, Kim Culbert-Blaeser

 

Four generations of women came to church together in early November. Chris Culbert, her mother, daughters and granddaughters joined in worship. Chris and her daughters are long-time OSLC members; all are passing along their Lutheran traditions to their daughters. We welcome their family, and all families!

Helping hands for Habitat

A big OSLC crew at the North St. Louis County Habitat for Humanity site at 12th Ave. (just north of the church) on Aug. 16, to get the outside of the home buttoned up.

Rick Toole organized the crew, who included Samantha and Troy Caddy, Ben Frey, Jim Ahrlin, Rick Toole, Pastor Bob Simensen, Kim Anderson, Mark Hoppa, Roger Suihkonen, John Elofson, Butch Shaffer, and a friend of Roger’s, John Lund.

Thanks to Diane VanDervort and Joy Toole, who provided a delicious spaghetti luncheon for the crew and fed them here at OSLC.

 

Workin’ hard for Habitat

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A new build on 12th Ave., just north of church

quilts

Quilting

We will resume quilting in the Fellowship Hall on Wednesday, September 5th, 8am-2pm!

The OSLC Quilting Group meets every Wednesday from 8:00am to about 2:00 pm during the year, and we take a break for the summer (May 16, 2018 – early September).

Come when you can, leave when you must… no sewing experience necessary! Always coffee on and a pot luck lunch. We sew quilts for Lutheran World Relief, local shelters, The Youth Corridor housing, for families who have lost their houses to fire, baby quilts for the County nurses to distribute as needed, to families who are lucky enough to have new Habitat housing. To name a few. None of the ladies wanted their faces in the pictures so I took pictures with the tools of their trade. It is a very important ministry with the OSLC women, we distribute as many as 300 plus quilts from September to May. We take a brief break in December and then meet occasionally in the Summer to sort and organize for the next quilting year.

Shawl-tinytassels

Prayer Shawls

This ministry quite literally wraps people in the power of prayer. Volunteers knit or crochet each shawl, and pray for the recipient and others while making it.  When pastors visit anyone who needs care – from families of newborns to those battling illness or facing the loss of a loved one — they bring them a shawl.

Some things in life just make getting through a crisis or illness a little bit easier. . . one of those things is receiving a prayer shawl handmade by one of our OSLC Ladies. It is a tangible thing that helps us focus on our prayer time with the Lord, and giving these to someone who is going through a trial lets them know they are prayed over by those in the church, and they are not alone. If you know of a person who is sick, or experiencing a life changing crisis and your not sure what to do, stop by the church for a prayer shawl. You will find them on the Shawl Tree as you enter our sanctuary. It makes a very thoughtful and sincere gift for a person who is suffering and could use the comfort and connection to a church body that takes prayer seriously.

Want to make a shawl? It’s easy! Contact the church office to get instructions. Or make your own and drop it off at the office when you’re done.

Men In Mission

A bunch of guys gettin’ together for great food and God-talk — that’s Men in Mission. Guest speakers, Bible studies and breakfast are all on the menu one Saturday each month. Get your weekend off to a great start — mingle with the Men in Mission

 

Learning about the church’s work in India

OSLC’s Missions Ministry Team was pleased to sponsor an evening with the Rev. Dr.’s Neeraj (man) and Nijhar (lady) Ekka and their four children:  Maani (12-daughter), Urbas (9-son), Puna (7-son) and Jhumpa (4-daughter).  Jhumpa was well named, at least in the English meaning of her name, as she thoroughly entertained everyone with her constant motion!

The Ekkas are currently in the states where Nijhar just completed her doctorate in Literacy.  They will return to Ranchi, India in August.  They are working as partners with the World Mission Prayer League.

Pastors Neeraj and Nijhar provide vision and leadership for the partnership between the World Mission Prayer League and the North Western Gossner Evangelical Lutheran Church, India.  The Ekkas gave leadership to develop and continue to serve at Navin Doman (the first Christian convert in that area in the 1800’s) Theological College in Ranchi, India.  The college is used to train pastors, evangelists and missionaries for holistic ministry; to host religious conferences, exchange students, foreign visitors, and mission trips; and to equip youth, women and lay leaders for witness and transformation in communities.

They were also instrumental in starting an after school program in that area of Ranchi. Many of the children and most of the women in that area are illiterate.  Pr. Nijhar will have special emphasis with her ministry in the area of literacy.

OSLC’s connection to the Ekkas came as a result of deep friendship with the Rev. Melinda Melhus (former member of OSLC) and Gail Wieman (current member).  AiM Brenda Tibbetts, Virginia Nelson and Bob Bjorum have also known the Ekkas for quite a few years, as the Ekkas have presented at Luther Seminary for Life Long Learning classes.

An enjoyable evening was had by everyone.  We enjoyed great food, fellowship, a PowerPoint presentation featuring many fascinating photos, and visiting with Neeraj, Nijhar and the children.

Special thanks to the Missions Ministry Team for hosting this wonderful evening.